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Amy Van Deusen

Komova Dominates Youth Olympics

By August 22, 2010

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Viktoria KomovaJunior European all-around champ Viktoria Komova won the all-around, vault, and bars at the 2010 Youth Olympics. Her all-around victory was 2.75 ahead of second-place finisher Tan Sixin (China). Though it was a somewhat weak field, Komova showcased her trademark big skills: an Amanar vault, layout Jaeger on bars, and back 1.5 twist to double Arabian on floor, among others.

Komova stumbled on both beam and floor in event finals, and Tan took advantage, winning both events.

The US women opted not to send a gymnast due to coaching restrictions that were later lifted. It has been speculated by many that 2009 American Cup champion Jordyn Wieber would have been sent -- and it would have been very interesting to see her and Komova go head to head. (On a related sidenote, Wieber has been dealing with ankle pain that limited her at the recent junior nationals, so it's unclear if she really would have been able to compete, even if she had been sent.)

Videos from the meet:

Full results of the competition

(Pictured above: Viktoria Komova; Mark Dadswell / Getty Images)


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